I have gone down on record already as being a big fan of FileMaker, ever since I first used their software on a Mac+ a few centuries ago. Very few companies have been able to take a program type as dry but essential as database management and make it so intuitive and pleasant to use. When FileMaker released Bento, their personal database creation tool for the iPad, I was eager to be among the first to review it and I am currently in the middle of writing a full review of FileMaker Go, their professional level database application for the iPad and iPhone.
I can say already that FileMaker Go is one of the most powerful programs I have used on the iPad and will go a long way to establishing the iPad and iPhone as business tools of the first order…and I will back those statements up in my review next week. Before that however, I have gotten word that FileMaker Go has just been updated to make it even more comprehensive, with among other new features the ability to save entire databases as PDFs and to email databases directly from the iPad or iPhone. The FileMaker Go team has also added new ways to interact with objects such as graphics or spreadsheets in a database and enhanced security for using FileMaker Go in privacy-sensitive enterprises such as hospitals or law offices.
Check out the full press release after the jump, and look for Mobilitysite’s full review of the software in the middle of next week.
FileMaker Announces Significant Updates to FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad
Free updates allow users to Create PDFs, email databases, insert photos, and more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2010 — FileMaker, Inc. today announced version 1.1 of FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, the popular new apps that let users work with FileMaker Pro databases on iPhone or iPad. These significant updates, are available free from the iTunes App Store, and include enhancements for creating PDFs, sharing databases via email, and inserting photos in databases.
Users can now produce PDFs directly from FileMaker Go and either save them on their mobile devices or email them. This feature lets mobile users easily save and distribute reports, create invoices, and share project status directly from their iPad or iPhone.
Another enhancement is the ability to save a copy of a complete database and email it directly from FileMaker Go. With this feature, iPhone and iPad users can exchange databases from their devices without needing to dock with a desktop or laptop.
The update also delivers new ways to work more efficiently with photos and other media and information. FileMaker Go users can capture photos on an iPhone, or take photos that are already in the photo library of an iPhone or iPad, and insert them directly into a FileMaker Go database. Photos stored in a database can be emailed out later using FileMaker Go.
Other file types, such as spreadsheets, can also be inserted into a FileMaker Go database from a mobile device and emailed out using FileMaker Go.
The updates enhance security through a new option to require users to log onto a FileMaker Go database after the iPhone or iPad hibernates. This is ideal when a device is shared among a team, such as a hospital staff accessing patient records.
Also new is the ability for FileMaker Go users to import records from local or hosted FileMaker databases using script steps.
iOS app developers may take advantage of the newly enhanced URL protocol from FileMaker for calling FileMaker Go. Using the URL protocol, developers can now specify a FileMaker Pro script and script parameters. This allows developers of commercial and in-house iOS applications to extend FileMaker Go databases and provide a wide spectrum of useful solutions such as bar code scanning.
“FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad have stirred up huge excitement in the FileMaker community and beyond. Initial acceptance has been strong and this is just the beginning,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “With these free updates, we are already making both apps even more powerful and adding new ways to share information remotely.”
FileMaker Go, which launched in July 2010, has already received much editorial praise, including a 4.5 mice rating from MacWorld magazine.
FileMaker Go: Access FileMaker Pro information anywhere
FileMaker Go lets user view, edit and search FileMaker Pro records on iPhone or iPad. Databases can be accessed directly from files hosted on FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server, or database files can be copied locally onto FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes.
Compatibility, Pricing, and Availability
Compatible with FileMaker Pro 7 and all later versions, FileMaker Go 1.1 is available now as a free download for existing FileMaker Go users from the App Store. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch (running iOS 4) is $19.99 and FileMaker Go for iPad (running iOS 3.2) is $39.
Additional details are available at http://www.filemaker.com/fm_go_pr.